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Sustainable Water-Centric Communities

Discover a major shift in the way new cities will be built and older ones retrofitted to achieve sustainable development. Learn how the future sustainable city will power itself with renewable sources of energy, conserve and reuse water, create the smallest possible ecological footprint, recover resources from used water and organic solids, and produce the lowest quantity of pollution possible.

This course can be applied to the Water Technology Certificate.

Who Should Attend

Entry level and practicing urban planners, environmental and ecological engineers and planners, urban landscape architects and developers, urban watershed and city managers, water reclamation utilities administrators and technical staff members, and experts affiliated with NGOs – interested in green sustainable urban development

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Apply a new paradigm to the cities of the future
  • Restore and develop a functioning landscape community, resilient to increased flooding
  • Understand sustainability planning and implementation for a large water/stormwater utility

Course Outline/Topics

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • Presentation: Water. People and Land in Puget Sound
  • Paradigms of Water Management and Sewerage (historic paradigms, urban metabolism and it’s footprints, drivers of change (population, climate changes, deteriorating infrastructure, diminishing resources)
  • The Fifth Paradigm of the Cities of the Future (definition of urban sustainability for water, sustainability criteria, distributed vs. centralized (regional) water/stormwater and energy systems, ecoblocks)
  • Implementing resilience at the local level (achieving sustainability through  resilience-cities of the future, resilience definition, example projects, how to implement resilience)
  • Sustainable urban planning and development panel discussion (brownfield reclamation and development, green space and water-centric landscape, public transportation, recreation)
  • Team projects: Interbay – opportunities for industrial, transportation and redevelopment in a water centric ecocity


Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • Water/Stormwater/Used Water Management (water footprint and water uses, water conservation, substitute sources of water, recycle and reuse,  flow separation and closing the loop)
  • Resource Recovery and Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Two Tools for a Water Centric City (heat exchange, recycled water, carbon recycling, biosolid recycling, green stormwater infrastructure)
  • Water/Energy Nexus – Achieving Net Zero Carbon Footprint (GHGs and energy footprint, renewable energy sources and savings in urban settings, water and energy recovery in distributed systems, Integrated resource recovery facility, hydrogen and/or methane as energy endpoint, algae and other biomass production, energy recovery alternatives of water/used water systems)
  • Anaerobic Treatment as Core Water and Energy Recovery Processes (anaerobic systems for used water and sludge treatment and processing, co-digestion – methane production – heating value, pyrolysis – syngas and charcoal production- heating value)
  • Anaerobic Treatment as core water and energy recovery processes Part I (anaerobic systems for used water and sludge treatment processing, co-digestion, pyrolysis)
  • The anaerobic bioprocesses as core energy producing technology Part II (waste to energy, biofuel from biomass, producing algae from waste carbon dioxide, microbial fuel cells producing hydrogen and energy, case studies, biochemical methane potential and market studies)
  • Teams practicum projects: Water, energy, nutrients and other resources recovery from used water and solids


Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Regional Utility Sustainability Program and Development (sustainability for a large utility, drivers and barriers to implementation, triple bottom line cost and benefits, financing models)
  • EcocitiesCities of the Future in the World       
  • Presentation and Discussion of the Teams’ Projects
  • Closurecertification
  • Optional – Tour of Brightwater Treatment Plant

Dates and locations to be announced.